Hack Your Speedway Wait Time

The puttering little cars of Tomorrowland Speedway is notorious for its slow-loading passenger turnaround.  CMs have to manually move each car up to a station, make sure the next driver is buckled in, and then flag them on their way.  It can add up to an interminable wait in line.  However, there is one hack you can use that can buy you a few minutes, and it requires that you be aware of how the ride is operated.

There are actually multiple speedway tracks, all of which are parallel to each other and are the exact same experience.  Which course you get is entirely dependent on you — no big surprise.  Anybody who has ever ridden the Speedway knows that the line leads up onto a bridge, at which point you have to decide:  Take an immediate right on the Loading Zone A downramp, or proceed across the bridge to another downramp leading to Loading Zone B?

When you reach the crossroads, you might be tempted to choose based on the length of the line.  After all, both downramps are of equal length, but Loading Zone B has several extra feet of bridge involved.  Loading Zone A seems to be the logical choice if the lines are spilling up onto the bridge.

But don’t fall for this.  Instead, take a look at the loading stations.  Each loading zone actually services two tracks each — one on the left and one on the right, for a total of four Speedway tracks.  It’s rare for all four tracks to be in use.   Lately it seems to be three.  That means that the line for one of these loading zones is moving twice as fast as the other.  And that more than makes up for the extra bridge distance.  So next time you want to take a spin around Tomorrowland, apply this knowledge and save yourself a few extra minutes.

Photo 1 courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtrigger05/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo 2 courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtrigger05/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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